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Daniil Medvedev’s Racquet

The Russian possesses an idiosyncratic game but is there anything unique about his racquet?

Unorthodox yet effective is the best way to describe Daniil Medvedev, and over the last two years, he's become one of those players nobody wants to see in their section when a tournament draw is made.

The 6ft 6″ Russian has a big serve, a versatile backhand and he almost seems to slap his forehand like nobody else on tour, but what racquet does he use to achieve a style of play that countless opponents have found difficult to come to terms with. Let's take a look.

What Tennis Racquet Does Medvedev Actually Use?

medvedev racquet

Medvedev is a Tecnifibre brand ambassador and endorses the Tecnifibre TFight 305 RS. Since Tecnifibre merged with Lacoste, alongside Medvedev, they've snapped up several stars like Iga Swiatek in a bid to replicate what the likes have Babolat have managed over the last 20 years thanks to Nadal.

However, just like most of the top pros, Medvedev is actually using a different racquet, which is a customised version of the Tecnifibre Dynacore 305. 

What Specification is Medvedev's' Racquet?

Medvedev T Fight

Like Djokovic and his racquet setup, Medvedev uses a 95 square inch frame with an 18 x 19 string pattern.  You can see his approximate specs below thanks to an acquaintance of the Russian's sister who posted them on the Talk Tennis Forum:

Head Size 95 in²
Length 27 in
Strung Weight 359 g
Balance ~31 cm
Swing Weight Unknown
String Pattern 18 x 19
Dampener No
Grip Size 4 3/8 in (L3) + Overgrip
Stiffness 65

It's unclear if there is any lead tape under the head guard on Medvedev's frame, but there has to be some weight in the handle to get the static weight up to around 360 grams.

Has Medvedev Changed Racquet Specs During His Career?

Medvedev Racquet Changes

Like several players of his generation, Medvedev previously played with the Wilson Six One 95, a classic heavy and head-light player frame.

Medvedev used the frame for the early part of his career with a Pro Staff 97 paint job, just like his contemporaries Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans do now.

However, when Tecnifibre came calling, Medvedev naturally had to switch over to the French firm and settle with a custom Dynacore 305 that is near identical to the Wilson frame.

Even some say his racquet is actually a custom Tecnifibre pro stock clone of the Six One 95, albeit without Wilson's proprietary perimeter weighting system and an 18 x 19 string pattern.

Medvedev's String Setup and Tension

tecnifibre ice code

Before Tecnifibre, Medvedev used Luxilon polyester strings (I am unsure which line but assume it has to be ALU) in his Wilson frame, but along with the switch in racquet sponsorship, the strings also changed.

Medvedev used the blue Razor Code for a couple of seasons, and when his strings turned white, it was rumoured that he had switched to Ice Code, pictured above.

However, he was actually using the white version of Tecnifibre's flagship polyester string, Razor Code. This is now available to retail customers in 1.30mm and 1.25mm.

His reference tension is at 22kg or 48lbs, but this will change depending on the conditions, for example at the Next Gen Finals in 2017, he was stringing at 24 kg on both crosses and mains.

I think it's safe to say Meddy Bear is as wooden as the racquet's from the 1970s 😄

Can You Buy Medevev's Racquet?

tecnifibre xtc 305

If you want a racquet that looks like Medevev's frame in terms of cosmetics, then the Tecnifibre TFight 305 RS is readily available. It's one of my favourite racquets and great playing frame. The 18 x 19 string pattern offers a good blend of power, spin and control.

If you want to mirror his specs, then finding a used Tecnifibre TFight 305 Dynacore Racquet and weighting it up is one option.

Although you might find a Wilson Six One 95 racquet is actually truer to his specs. Yes, it won't carry the Tecnifibre branding, but I believe that frame will be closer to the one Medvedev uses today in terms of how the frame plays.

What do you think of Medvedev's racquet specs? Will we see more players use the 18 x 19 string pattern in the future? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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17 Comments

  1. Some words about his style. In opposition to DT, DM has apparently most unclean hitting technique. I have always the impression, his style is founded on his extreme speed on feet, so he reaches a lot of balls, you could think, are unreachable, but then is rarely in a clean position so he does 2 things. He first position the the racket’s head to the ball and adapts the body position to be able to make a kind of (short) backswing, for what he must sometimes take very weird body positions, like almost parallel to the court surface and he mostly hits making at the same time acrobatic moves with the whole body and the very deep follow-through seems to be the main part of the whole motion.
    So I guess, he must have extremely flexible body (sometimes additionally making weird frog-like jumps to generate speed and power. And a racket with extreme maneuverability and relatively short (is it?) handle. If all those movements are natural for him, it will not break him, but will break opponent’s brains 😉
    I’m wondering, if and when coaches and players will find out, how to play him, so to let him have troubles with all those weird movements. I see some injury potential in this style, but … so long this works. The best I have seen so far for opponents was dying slices, which makes him difficult to hit with speed and power. Like Thiem did in London final, but he has exaggerated and it stopped to work. Daniil can slice too, even not hitting slice winners but then the opponent must come out himself from the backhand slice exchange and potentially make an error. It looks like Fed’s slice mastery would be just the real thing (Fed leads him 3:0 in ATP H2H record).
    DT strategy in London was hitting so much slice as possible, but it should have been additionally changing pace so much as possible.
    It was not actually comment on the racket specs, which could have to do with his style. To much of Chinese for me 😉

  2. Big Medvedev fan, he had a spectacular end of 2020, beating the world nos. 1, 2, and 3 for the YEC title. Hope he goes all the way in Melbourne, but so far it looks like yet another Djokodal final as the supposedly “injured” Spaniard and Serb continue to destroy their opponents (after Djokovic’s five-set blip in the early rounds).

    1. I’m not Medvedev’s fan, but he wins AO after beating Nadal and Karatsew. For the final Karatsev gets drug ban and then comes back to play Futures again. AO runner-up playing Futures. Funny 🙂 Medvedev goes for no. 1 this season, not Thiem. Maybe he wins Páris and retires.

      1. Interesting analogy between your and my thoughts – it came to my mind a few days ago, that Karatsev exloding with 27 years of age on professinal tennis level might be another Mariano Puerta…

      2. @DrEvil
        Somehow I tend to not believe things I cannot investigate myself and they are completely zero logic. Also interesting, Russia has suddenly 3 top class tennis players (Kafelnikov or Safin are very ancient times) and looking in the rankings nobody more. Maybe it’s pure coincidence, But Russia is (after GDR ended) the top doping farm worldwide. Rublev always looks like full of drugs, Medvedev looks like someone with all psychic diseases in one. I don’t trust Russian sports.

      3. @Rui
        You are simply projecting the past to the future. I know all argument for such thinking. Do you think, Nadal never loses final in Paris, so long he plays? Not very logic. I would think, Nadal rather retires after someone beats him in Paris final. Moreover I wrote “”Maybe he wins Paris and retires.” Not “…defeats Rafa in Paris and …”
        The best option for Thiem is to meet Nadal in SF (could have happened 2020 if not the zero pause between USO and RG). In this case chances are bigger.
        There is no special reason to not be able to defeat Nadal in Paris Final if you can beat him in another clay finals. Rafa in Paris is (was?) always favorite and never lost. This is a big argument. But if you apply the same thinking to Federer for Wimbledon, well, there were some Wimbledon finals lost by him,. So in both cases the question is not IF but WHEN. And -this must not necessarily be Thiem. Why not Karatsev??? 😉

      4. I have no idea what you are on about here PRF, it looks like you are arguing with yourself again 😄

      5. @Jon
        Maybe I misunderstood Rui’s post about nobody beating Rafa in Paris final? If not, I’m arguing with the these, nobody can beat Nadal in Paris final. But even if I’m arguing with myself, what’s wrong in that?

  3. This was an interesting day. I wasn’t seeing Muchova beat Barty (I went to bed midway in set #2) but I paid closer attention to the extended highlights and she has a nice game, with a style that vaguely reminds Graf’s. I just don’t think she’ll be a match for the Williams’ brute force game should they meet at the final.

    1. Muchova will be in tough to beat Brady. Serena will also be in tough to beat Osaka. If I had to bet I’d say we’ll see Brady/Osaka and Medvedev/Djokovic.

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